[syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pitiful \Pit"i*ful\, a.
1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind;
The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
--James v. 11.
2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion.
A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible.
3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable;
paltry; contemptible; despicable.
That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition
in the fool that uses it. --Shak.
Syn: Despicable; mean; paltry. See Contemptible.
[1913 Webster] -- Pit"i*ful*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: inspiring mixed contempt and pity; "their efforts were
pathetic"; "pitiable lack of character"; "pitiful
exhibition of cowardice" [syn: pathetic, pitiable,
2: bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state";
"a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape"; "a
sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, distressing,
lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry]
3: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable
victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as
extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for
help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh,
you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched
life" [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate,
pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
118 Moby Thesaurus words for "pitiful":
abominable, affecting, arrant, atrocious, awful, base, beastly,
beggarly, beneath contempt, beneath one, blameworthy, brutal,
cheap, cheesy, common, contemptible, crummy, debasing, degrading,
demeaning, deplorable, despicable, detestable, dire, disgraceful,
disgusting, doleful, dreadful, egregious, enormous, fetid, filthy,
flagrant, foul, fulsome, gaudy, gimcracky, grievous, gross, gutter,
hateful, heartrending, heinous, horrible, horrid, humiliating,
humiliative, infamous, infra dig, infra indignitatem,
insignificant, lamentable, little, loathsome, lousy, mean,
meretricious, miserable, monstrous, moving, nasty, nefarious,
noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, opprobrious,
outrageous, paltry, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, poor, rank,
regrettable, reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, rubbishy, rueful,
sad, scandalous, schlock, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy,
shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy, small, sordid, sorry, squalid,
terrible, too bad, touching, trashy, trifling, trumpery,
two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny,
unbecoming, unclean, unimportant, unworthy of one, valueless, vile,
villainous, woeful, worst, worthless, wretched
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PITIFUL, adj. The state of an enemy of opponent after an imaginary
encounter with oneself.